“Few people know how to take a walk. The qualities are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good silence, and nothing too much.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson https://www.instagram.com/p/CAJlRTXjHqX/?igshid=afron4rc5mx9
It’s that time of the year again in the Hudson Valley!! I’ve been seeing buzz about ramps and fiddleheads in my social media newsfeeds. Not so gentle reminder, just because something appears to be in abundance, doesn’t mean it is. In fact, ramps, or “wild leeks,” or “wild onions” are listed as a threatened species in Quebec … Continue reading Ramp Season and Foraging
“This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, … Continue reading My Wish for You …
This piece is as much reflections on my education as a continuing graduate student as well as my role as a history and social studies teacher at an independent Waldorf high school. Scandals like last year's Operation Varsity Blues bring to the fore the role of socioeconomic status and inequality at elite institutions of higher … Continue reading How My Family Helped Me Break Into the Ivy League (The Short Version)
https://youtu.be/A_iLXNSIaYc Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas! May we celebrate with togetherness, peace and love! God bless!
Should've. Could've. Would've. Didn't. I've been tirelessly busy with graduate schoolwork, PhD applications, work and project planning, but I wanted to drop a few quick lines to say "Hello out there" and put to rest a few things that have been swimming in my mind lately. More to come!
"Alone in the deep, dark forest of my own thoughts--I ran."
Welcome to my professional page. I’m Stephen McDonald. I am, in no order of consequence: a writer, a photographer, an explorer, an Americanist cultural and historical scholar, a Progressive Christian and a devoted father a much beloved daughter. (Maybe the best for last!) This page will include my thoughts, queries, musings and links to my … Continue reading Introduction to My Latest
https://youtu.be/G9laQ5E5kSw I recently bought a drone, more specifically, a DJI Mavic Air. I love it! Today, I needed a "mental health" day and spent a cold, quiet but joyous day at the park. Enjoy!